To mark the 18th International Data Protection Day, celebrated every year on 28 January, the Council of Europe is co-organising with the European Union Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CDPD) a one-day conference in Brussels on 25 January to take stock of the past and the future of data protection.
The event will address the positive impact that the entry into force of the Amending Protocol, modernising the Council of Europe´s 1981 data protection "Convention 108", can have on global data flows and the protection of data subjects. The Amending Protocol has been ratified by 31 states and is expected to enter into force in 2024 once it reaches 38 ratifications. It will also be an occasion to raise awareness of the upcoming new Framework Convention on Artificial Intelligence, currently being negotiated by the Council of Europe, and its importance for shaping the development, use and deployment of AI systems globally.
The conference brings together policy makers and practitioners to discuss current projects, challenges and how best to join forces to enhance personal data protection. Opening speakers include Patrick Penninckx, Head of Digital Development and Governance Department of the Council of Europe, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor, and Paul de Hert, Full Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.